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Astros 6, Cubs 3

CBSSports.com wire reports

HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros will take a little bit of momentum on the road.

Carlos Lee hit a two-run homer and Pedro Feliz added a two-run single, helping the Houston Astros to a 6-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

"To be able to get on the board like we did," Astros manager Brad Mills said, "and then when it looked like they were trying to come back into the game a little bit, Pedro got that two-run single up the middle."

It was enough to give Houston the win, and to make Mills feel good about the Astros' 10-game trip that starts Monday in Colorado.

Brett Myers (4-3) pitched well into the seventh inning, scattering eight hits while allowing only two earned runs and striking out six. He left with two out and two on, but reliever Wilton Lopez got the final out of the inning to end the threat.

Matt Lindstrom pitched the ninth to earn his 13th save in 16 chances.

"Hopefully I can go out and keep pitching and make the game as close as possible and get our hitters in the dugout as quickly as possible," Myers said. "Today, they got a pretty good rhythm. It's my job to get them in there quick."

The four runs constituted a rare outburst for the Houston offense against Randy Wells (3-4), who entered the game 2-0 in three career starts against the Astros and had not allowed an earned run against them in 20 2/3 innings.

Wells left after only 5 1/3 innings and hasn't won since April 30.

"He's fine. He'll keep starting," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "We just need to talk about how to settle down in the first inning."

His trouble started in the first inning, when Wells allowed three runs. Michael Bourn got a bunt single and Jeff Keppinger extended his hitting streak to eight with a line single to right, before Lance Berkman drove in a run with a single to right. Keppinger was thrown out trying to reach third, but Lee followed with his eighth home run for a 3-0 lead.

Lee has 87 RBI against the Cubs, second most among active players.

"Think of how the first inning started, a little bunt hit to start the inning and then a little hit to right by Keppinger," Wells said. "Any time the game starts like that, you are probably going to have problems. That was a little hit and run on a little dumper to right.

"The only bad pitch I made in the inning was to Lee. I hung a slider. They got a 3-0 lead in the first, and that is never how you want to start in a game."

Starlin Castro's sacrifice fly gave Chicago a run in the second. Marlon Byrd singled to start the inning, went to second on a walk to Aramis Ramirez, took third on Mike Fontenot's fly to center and scored on Castro's fly.

Byrd doubled in the fourth and scored on Koyie Hill's two-out single to deep right field. Fontenot was thrown out trying to go from first to home plate on the play.


The Cubs will play three games in three days in three different stadiums. After playing at Wrigley Field, they fly to Pittsburgh for a makeup game on Monday before heading to Milwaukee for a series against the Brewers. ... The Cubs' Derrek Lee has a 58-game streak without an error, his longest run since the 2007 season, when he went 62 games. ... The Cubs are 3-23 when scoring three or fewer runs and 22-7 when scoring four or more.

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Players of the Game

C. Lee
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

K. Hill
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0

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Chicago Cubs
Kosuke Fukudome, RF5020000 .288
Tyler Colvin, LF5010014 .294
Derrek Lee, 1B4110012 .238
Marlon Byrd, CF4220000 .313
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3000112 .169
Mike Fontenot, 2B3010001 .310
    Andrew Cashner, P0000000 .000
   a- Xavier Nady, PH1011000 .269
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
Starlin Castro, SS3001013 .280
Koyie Hill, C4011021 .250
Randy Wells, P2010000 .222
    Ryan Theriot, 2B2020000 .281
a-singled for Cashner in the 8th
2B - Marlon Byrd (21, Myers), Koyie Hill (2, Myers)
SF - Starlin Castro (1)
RBI - Xavier Nady (14), Starlin Castro (13), Koyie Hill (6)
2-OUT RBI - Xavier Nady (9), Koyie Hill (5)
Team LOB - 8
Outfield Assists - Kosuke Fukudome 1
DP - Castro-Lee
Chicago Cubs
Randy Wells (L,3-4) 5.1966221 4.86
Andrew Cashner 1.2000010 0.00
Bob Howry 1000100 7.91
IBB - Blum by Randy Wells
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wells 92-54, Andrew Cashner 21-13, Bob Howry 18-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wells 6-6, Andrew Cashner 3-1, Bob Howry 1-2
Batters Faced - Randy Wells 25, Andrew Cashner 5, Bob Howry 4
Houston Astros
Michael Bourn, CF4110010 .279
Jeff Keppinger, 2B4120000 .302
Lance Berkman, 1B4221000 .266
Carlos Lee, LF4112002 .217
    Jason Michaels, LF0000000 .191
Hunter Pence, RF3121100 .277
Geoff Blum, SS2000202 .237
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
Pedro Feliz, 3B4012003 .230
Kevin Cash, C3000001 .189
Brett Myers, P3000022 .038
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
    Tommy Manzella, SS0000000 .194
HR - Carlos Lee (8, R. Wells)
RBI - Lance Berkman (27), Carlos Lee 2 (28), Hunter Pence (27), Pedro Feliz 2 (19)
SB - Hunter Pence (6, 2nd base off Howry/Hill)
Team LOB - 4
Outfield Assists - Hunter Pence 1
DP - Manzella-Berkman
Houston Astros
Brett Myers (W,4-3) 6.2822160 3.01
Wilton Lopez (H,3) 1211000 3.92
Brandon Lyon (H,9) 0.1000000 3.42
Matt Lindstrom (S,13) 1200000 3.20
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Myers 103-68, Wilton Lopez 18-11, Brandon Lyon 6-3, Matt Lindstrom 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Myers 7-6, Wilton Lopez 2-1, Matt Lindstrom 2-0
Batters Faced - Brett Myers 28, Wilton Lopez 5, Brandon Lyon 1, Matt Lindstrom 4
Game Information
Attendance - 29493
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Al Porter, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Chad Fairchild